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U.S. District Court: 16 sentenced in Red Lake cocaine case
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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

United States Attorney Marty J. Jackley of Sioux Falls, S.D., announced Thursday that 16 individuals were sentenced this week in Bemidji in relation to a large-scale cocaine distribution conspiracy that had been operating on the Red Lake Reservation.

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In all, the investigation led to indictments against 34 individuals, charging each with conspiracy.

Two defendants were previously sentenced, charges against one person were dismissed and 15 defendants remain to be sentenced.

The charge of using a communication facility, in this case a telephone, resulted in causing and facilitating the commission of a felony under the Controlled Substances Act.

Special Assistant United States Attorney John E. Haak from the District of South Dakota is prosecuting the cases because the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota has recused itself due to a potential conflict.

Sentenced in Bemidji by U.S. District Court Judge James M. Rosenbaum:

-- Ricky Lee Chaboyea of Redby pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to conspiracy and was sentenced Monday to 66 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Gary Lee Head of Redby pleaded guilty Sept. 14, 2007, to conspiracy and was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Dana Alphonse Oliver of Redby pleaded guilty June 16 to use of communication facility and was sentenced Monday to five years of probation with the first 18 months to be served in The Centre substance abuse treatment facility.

-- Marida Dawn Seki of Redby pleaded guilty Oct. 22, 2007, and was sentenced Monday to 24 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. She is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Jan. 15.

-- Gary Lee Strong of Redby pleaded guilty Oct. 22, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was sentenced Monday to 144 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on the conspiracy conviction and 60 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised released on the possession with the intent to distribute conviction. The sentences are to run concurrently. He has been detained by the U.S. Marshal's Service.

-- Robert Jeffrey Vanwert, a former Red Lake Police officer, pleaded guilty June 16 and was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Roman Donald Cook Jr., address unknown, pleaded guilty to use of a communication facility June 16 and was sentenced Tuesday to 40 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Leroy Alvis Garrigan Jr., address unknown, pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to conspiracy and was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months and one day in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Herbert Melvin May, a former Red Lake Police officer, pleaded guilty June 16 and was sentenced Tuesday to 48 months in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Barbara Ann Thunder, address unknown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy Jan. 25 and was sentenced Tuesday to one day served to be followed by five years of supervised release.

-- Joseph Jacob Thunder III of Redby pleaded guilty Sept. 14, 2007, to conspiracy and was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Alton Ryan Beaulieu of Little Rock pleaded guilty to conspiracy Oct. 22, 2007, and was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Fawn Ashley Beaulieu, address unknown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy Feb. 25 and was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. She is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Tyrone Wayne Beaulieu of Little Rock pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy. He was sentenced to 30 month in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. He is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

-- Ramon Charles Sayers, address unknown, was found guilty after a jury trial of conspiracy and use of a communication facility June 26 and was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release on the conspiracy charge and 48 months in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release on the communication facility charge. The sentences are to run concurrently. He is scheduled for supervised release by Dec. 15.

-- Mavis Jean Strong, address unknown, pleaded guilty March 20 and was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. She is scheduled for voluntary surrender by Dec. 15.

These cases are the result of investigations by the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, which is composed of the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Bemidji Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office, White Earth Tribal Police Department, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Lake of the Woods County Sheriff's Office, Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI, Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force, Mahnomen County Weed and Seed Task Force and Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force. The United States Marshals Service assisted in the arrests.

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